July 17th – Yellow Pig Day

July 17, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning math majors. Today is Monday, July 17, 2017. The holidays today are:

Yellow Pig Day 

If you’re like me, you are probably wondering “what the heck is Yellow Pig Day”? This holiday dates back to the 1960’s when two math students at Princeton, Michael Spivak, and David C. Kelly, were given an assignment to analyze the properties of the number 17. Thinking about the number 17 for so long drove them a bit nuts, (as one might imagine), so they came up with the idea of a mythical yellow pig. The yellow pig had seventeen toes, seventeen teeth, seventeen eyelashes, etc. Later, Kelly lectured and developed classes around it. Spivak published several mathematic texts, while not based upon it, does subtly reference the number 17 and Yellow Pig.
Today, mathematicians in colleges and universities all across the country celebrate Yellow Pig Day by eating Yellow Pig Cake and singing Yellow Pig Carols. And of course, the festivities always take place on the 17th day of July. This is not a holiday for the unimaginative, so let your imagination run wild today. Find your own unique way to celebrate this holiday. Just be sure to include the number 17, and yellow pigs, into your festivities. The references to these things can be obscure; for instance, you could use Chinese policemen to represent your Yellow Pigs. Have fun.

Get Out of the Doghouse Day

Get Out of the Doghouse Day is celebrated on the third Monday in July each year. It is a holiday to mend fences and move forward in your relationships.
Generally, when you are “in the dog house”, you have fallen out of favor with someone, usually your spouse or significant other. However, you can also be “in the dog house” with a friend or your boss at work. National Get Out of the Dog House Day is an opportunity to use all those good clichés and get you back in the big house where you belong.
The best way to get out of the doghouse is to start a dialogue…and no, don’t send an email or text or another form of electronic media. A face to face or hand written apology is best. Meet at a favorite coffee-house. Listen to what the other person has to say and do not be defensive. Find out why you are “in the doghouse” and try to figure out how you can repair the relationship.

Wrong Way Corrigan Day 

Wrong Way Corrigan Day celebrates the anniversary of the date, in 1938, on which aviation pioneer Douglas Corrigan flew the wrong direction from Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, New York. His stated destination was Long Beach, California, but instead, he landed at Baldonnel Aerodrome, County Dublin, Ireland.
He claimed his unauthorized flight was due to a navigational error, caused by heavy cloud cover that obscured landmarks and low-light conditions, causing him to misread his compass. However, he was a skilled aircraft mechanic (he was one of the builders of Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis) and had made several modifications to his own plane, preparing it for a transatlantic flight. He had previously been denied permission to make a nonstop flight from New York to Ireland because his self-built aircraft had been deemed “not airworthy for a transatlantic flight” by the Bureau of Air Commerce, and his “navigational error” was seen as deliberate. Nevertheless, he never publicly admitted to having flown to Ireland intentionally.
Corrigan’s “error” caught the imagination of the American public and inspired many jokes. The nickname “Wrong Way’ Corrigan” passed into common use and is still mentioned (or used as satire) when someone has the reputation for taking the wrong direction.

World Emoji Day

In 2014, Emojipedia founder Jeremy Burge created World Emoji Day. The date of July 17 has been the date featured on the iconic red and black Apple’s iOS calendar emoji since its launch in 2002.
An emoji is a Japanese expression which roughly means “picture word” and was developed in 1990 by Shigetaka Kurita. While working for NTT Docomo, a Japanese telecom company, Kurita design these picture words as a feature on their pagers to make them more appealing to teens. When Apple released the first iPhone in 2007, an emoji keyboard was embedded to nab the Japanese market. While not intended for American users to find, they did and quickly figured out how to use it.
Every year new emojis (both emoji and emojis are acceptable plural forms of the word) are developed. Emojipedia.org keeps track of all the emoji updates across all platforms and operating systems. Currently, there are over 1800 emojis covering much more than just emotions. From transportation, food, an assortment of wild and domesticated animals to social platforms, weather, and bodily functions emojis virtually speak for themselves.

National Peach Ice Cream Day

You don’t need a college degree to figure out what Peach Ice Cream Day celebrates. Peaches are one of the favorite fruits and are in season right now. People wait about 48 weeks for the peach harvest to ripen. And, when it does, for a few short weeks, it’s  “peach everything” and ice cream is no exception. In celebration of the harvest, many ice cream companies make peach ice cream. It’s hard to find other times of the year. Most major ice cream makers only produce it during the summer.
The ‘scoop’ is that today is a ‘peachy’ day to enjoy some cool, refreshing peach ice cream; in any form you desire…cup, cone, shake – the choice is yours.

More Holidays

On This Date

  • In 1821 – Spain ceded Florida to the United States.
  • In 1862 – National cemeteries were authorized by the Congress.
  • In 1866 – Authorization was given to build a tunnel beneath the Chicago River. The three-year project cost $512,709.
  • In 1867 – Harvard School of Dental Medicine was established in Boston, MA. It was the first dental school in the United States.
  • In 1898 – United States troops under General William R. Shafter took Santiago de Cuba during the Spanish-American War.
  • In 1917 – The British royal family adopted the Windsor name.
  • In 1941 – Brigadier General Somervell directed Architect G. Edwin Bergstrom to have basic plans and architectural perspectives for an office building that could house 40,000 War Department employees on his desk by the following Monday morning. The building became known as the Pentagon.
  • In 1941 – The longest hitting streak in baseball history ended when the Cleveland Indians pitchers held New York Yankee Joe DiMaggio hitless for the first time in 57 games.
  • In 1945 – The Potsdam Conference began. The heads of the United States, the United Kingdom, and the USSR met in Potsdam to discuss the terms of the German and Japanese surrenders, and to make post-war plans.
  • In 1954 – The Brooklyn Dodgers made history as the first team with a majority of black players.
  • In 1955 – Disneyland opened in Anaheim, CA. The popular theme park (aka “The Happiest Place on Earth”) was opened by Walt Disney.
  • In 1960 – Francis Gary Powers pled guilty to spying charges in a Moscow court after his U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union.
  • In 1975 – An Apollo spaceship docked with a Soyuz spacecraft in orbit. It was the first link up between the United States and the Soviet Union.
  • In 1976 – Indonesia annexed East Timor and declared it as its 27th province. This was the culmination of an 8-month long Indonesian invasion and occupation of the Southeast Asian country that began just after East Timor declared its independence from Portugal in November of 1975.
  • In 1987 – Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North and Rear Admiral John Poindexter begin testifying to Congress at the “Iran-Contra” hearings.
  • In 1989 – The Stealth Bomber made its debut. The Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit made its first public flight from Palmdale, California.
  • In 1997 – After 117 years, the Woolworth Corporation closed its last 400 stores.
  • In 1998 – The Rome Statute establishing the International Criminal Court (ICC) was adopted. The ICC is the first international judicial body that has the power to try individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.
  • In 2009 – Journalistic icon Walter Cronkite died from a Cerebrovascular disease at the age of 92.

Noteworthy Birthdays

If you were born on this date, Happy Birthday. You share your birthday with the following list of illustrious individuals – and about 20-million other people.


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